Getting sick is never fun, but it can be especially unpleasant when you’re in another country. Faculty sponsors and the Office of International Programs strive to always look after students’ health and well-being. However, some preparation on the student’s part will help things go smoother in case they get sick or hurt.

Please consider the following items:

  • Check to see if your insurance will cover them outside the U.S. If not, you will be required to purchase supplemental insurance. A quick Internet search will turn up many companies offereing a travel medical insurance plan.
  • You will need to provide a front/back copy of that health insurance card for our office. 
  • Students need to carry a copy of their insurance card.
  • It is very common for health facilities in other countries to request payment up front for services. They will have to file for reimbursement upon return to U.S. Make sure they save all receipts.
  • Prescription medicine and over-the-counter medicine must be in original containers. Carry written prescriptions for all prescription medicines in case you need to go to a local pharmacy.
  • Emergencies - students will be taken to local medical facilities if they need any kind of medical treatment. Parents will be contacted in emergencies

Staying healthy - Students should try to eat nutritiously, get enough rest, drink lots of water and wash hands often to help them stay healthy while traveling.

While many medicines for colds or stomach troubles can be purchased overseas, it is good to have a small first-aid kit with the following items.

  • Bandaids, blister packs, Neosporin (blisters and small cuts can be common)
  • Allergy medicine (different countries trigger different symptoms for some)
  • Pain relief (lots of aches and pains from walking, etc.)
  • Stomach medicine/diarrhea (it sometimes can be hard to adjust to new foods)
  • Cold medicine (common among travelers since they get run down)

Talk to your doctor about carrying an antibiotic or a compound anti-nausea medicine for emergencies (your student can always call a doctor for instructions/directions if they have symptoms).